Fredrick Dougless research Sojourn Truth
Isabella Baumfree, better known as Sojourner Truth, was born in 1797 in Swartekill, New York. Isabella wanted to change her name to Sojourner Truth because it was an 'Original' African American name. Truth was a passionate abolitionist and women's rights activist. As an abolitionist and feminist, she put her body and her mind to a unique task, that physically represented women who had been enslaved. Truth escaped slavery with her infant daughter to freedom 1826. Her best-known speech on racial inequalities is, "Ain't I a Woman?", and was delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention. During the American Civil war Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army. Truth died on November 26, 1883 in Battle Creek, Michigan.